Programming simplicity increases control, says Hurco

Programming simplicity increases control, says Hurco

Programming simplicity was Hurco’s theme for this year’s show. A highlight was the latest software available on its proprietary Max5 control. The 19-inch, colour, touchscreen control is popular due to the ease with which a first-off part can be programmed, says the company.

The latest Solid Model Import option, capable of reducing programming times even further, was demonstrated. It enables users to import 3D STEP files, including surfaces, whereas previously only 2D DXF files could be loaded directly into the control to create conversational data blocks. For machining five-sided parts, transform plane commands are calculated automatically.

Visitors could also see the versatile Hurco VM10i machining centre, which despite having a working volume of 660 x 406 x 508mm fits into a compact space on the shop floor. Steel cutting demonstrations took place throughout the show.

Equally prominent was a Hurco TM6i XP 2-axis CNC lathe. It turns parts up to 316mm in diameter by 340mm long and is well suited to bar work up to 45mm diameter. The performance of this compact, accurate turning machine is complemented by the Max5 control. Simple, easy-to-follow graphics guide the user through tooling selection and all operations.

The new XP model enhancements mean that concurrent programming, improved graphics, roller guideways and faster rapids are standard features. The slant-bed lathe is supplied as standard with a six-inch hydraulic three-jaw chuck, parts catcher and swarf conveyor.